Nice to the Touch

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Help save the environment, or simply celebrate it, with trendsetting products inspired by nature.

Natural textures update MNG Hardware's Rattan and Woven Strands collection, which lets you coordinate cabinet, fridge, and dishwasher handles. In six finishes; knobs and 3-inch pulls, Approx. $15 to $36; 6- to 12-inch tube handles, Approx. $170 to $230; MNG Hardware


Low Flow, High Style

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Replace a standard toilet (1.6 gallons per flush) with one of TOTO's eco-wise units (1.28 gallons), and a family of four could save 7,000 gallons of water over the course of a year. Eco Nexus toilet, Approx. $657; TOTO


Tiles with Style

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Nature themes run the gamut in Ann Sacks’s new tile designs, from graphic dragonflies to wave patterns etched in concrete. Dancing Dragonflies, 8-inch-square ceramic tile (Approx. $34 per square foot); Andy Fleishman's Variations, 12-inch square (Approx. $34–$38 per square foot); Ann Sacks


Shapely Basin

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Organic curves arrive at the kitchen sink via Elkay's Mystic, a 28-inch stainless-steel bowl with integrated cutting board. Approx. $1,750; Elkay


Shower Saver

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Narrower-than-standard spray nozzles force water through Moen's Water Saving showerhead at high pressure, so you shouldn't notice you're saving 2.25 gallons every three minutes. In chrome, brushed nickel, or oil-rubbed bronze; Approx. $57; Moen


Refined Faux Stone

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Unlike the terrazzolike look of most solid surfacing that aims to mimic stone (read: granite), DuPont Corian's Private Collection has subtle irregular swirls that suggest marble or limestone. Approx. $45 and up per square foot, installed; DuPont Corian


Handcrafted Vanity

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Suzanne Crane's custom solid cherry and walnut vanity and stoneware sink bring Craftsman-inspired warmth—and open storage—into a compact bath. Vanity, approx. $2,500; sink, approx. $1,600; Suzanne Crane


Wise Washing

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Featured on Bosch's Nexxt 500 plus and 800 series washers, the ECOOPTION program optimizes heating cycles for greater efficiency. Nexxt Dryers also conserve energy with an Eco-Sensor feature, which minimizes drying time by adjusting the temperature based on the moisture level in the drum. Other handy features include special settings for cleaning jeans and comforters. Approx. retail price is between $600 and $800; Bosch


This Will Floor You

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Mountain Lumber's salvaged heart-pine flooring always has a story to tell. The company gives every client a detailed account of the wood's past life, so you'll know if the planks you've purchased hailed from, say, a demolished stove factory in Pennsylvania or, perhaps, the New England Confectionary Company—home of the Necco Wafer. Approx. $8 to $14 per square foot; Mountain Lumber


Smart Surface

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Teragren's formaldehyde-free, food-safe bamboo parquet butcher block, available in natural or caramelized colors, is perfect for kitchen counters and tabletops. Also shown is the company's Studio wide-plank floating floor, which is available in vertical or flat grain; it features TeraLoc, a self-locking system that requires no adhesive. Made with environmentally safe materials from rapidly renewable Optimum 5.5 Moso bamboo, Teragren products are as green as they are stylish. The bamboo flooring is between approx. $6-$8 per square foot retail uninstalled (or $10-$12 per square foot installed) and the butcher block is between approx. $22-$28 per square foot retail uninstalled (or $40-$65 per square foot installed); Teragren